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By education and experience - Accountant with a specialty in taxation. Formerly a CPA (license has lapsed). Masters degree in law of taxation from University of Denver. Now retired. Part time work during baseball season as receptionist & switchboard operator for the Colorado Rockies. This gig feeds my soul in ways I have trouble articulating. One daughter, and four grandchildren. I share the house with two cats; a big goof of a cat called Grinch (named as a joke for his easy going "whatever" disposition); and Lady, a shelter adoptee with a regal bearing and sweet little soprano voice. I would be very bereft if it ever becomes necessary to keep house without a cat.
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Wait Til Next Year

The classic thought shared by millions of baseball fans each year as September comes to an end. The Rockies' season was dismal - for several weeks the team flirted with losing 100 games and kept last place in the National League West warm for the Diamondbacks, who eventually settled down and sank down, so Colorado finished next to last with 96 losses. Not a whole lot to get excited about.

The one bright spot was Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau winning the National League batting title with a .319 batting average.

I was only able to work for half the season - went back on the Fourth of July with 41 home games left to play.

Newspapers columnists are busy this week analyzing the situation. Everyone wants change, no one can identify what kind of change would be most helpful.

I rarely watch American League games, but couldn't resist watching Derek Jeter's last home game. If a script writer would present the scenario of what actually happened, he would justly be accused of relying on cliche.

A bottom of the ninth, walk off RBI to break a tie and send the runner in from second. A truly magical moment, even for someone who has self identified for years as "not a Yankees fan."

I saw a post game interview with manager Joe Girardi, who said the team had planned, when the game ended, to send Jeter around the edge of the field, near the stands, to greet everyone who had come to see him play his last game. Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada, and several other retired teammates were in the clubhouse, planning to come to the dugout steps to greet him as he completed his circuit. But Girardi said that the walk off was so much better than their plans, he just let the moment unfold.

I usually drift off to sleep with my bedside radio tuned to BBC World Service. Jeter's last plate appearance made their sports update, but they credited him with the winning run! My indignation at their lack of understanding of the best game in the world kept me awake for awhile. I've been amused at myself ever since.

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